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Report: Jets reached out to Steve Smith about coming out of retirement

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While the New York Jets are getting ready to part ways with veteran receiver Eric Decker, the team reportedly reached out to another veteran receiver to gauge his possible interest in returning football.

According to Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network, Steve Smith – who now works for the network – was contacted by the Jets to see if he’d having any interest in playing another season.

“Earlier today in the green room, Steve Smith Sr. was saying ‘Hey, the Jets reached out to me,'” Jones said on the Inside Mimicamp Live show. “Yes, the Jets reached out to Steve Smith, asked if he was still interested in playing. He indicated he wasn’t.”

The inquiry is odd for several reasons. Smith hasn’t played for the Jets, head coach Todd Bowles or offensive coordinator John Morton at any point in his illustrious career. New York may have the worst roster in the league and likely has zero chance or sniffing a postseason berth this year with or without Smith.

The only connection is that between Smith and quarterback Josh McCown, who played two years with Smith with the Carolina Panthers from 2008-09.

Even then it’s a pretty thin thread.

Regardless, Smith seems quite content with his current occupation and the Jets can move on with a definitive “no” to their query.

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16 Responses to “Report: Jets reached out to Steve Smith about coming out of retirement”
  1. hakunamangata says: Jun 6, 2017 11:05 PM

    Pretty sure the Jets are going to call Keyshawn next

  2. kayes says: Jun 6, 2017 11:16 PM

    2008 Lions are getting nervous. This Jets team is in for a rude awakening.

  3. mcjon22 says: Jun 6, 2017 11:28 PM

    Lol wow,

    They don’t have a clue what they want to do, do they?

  4. tylawspick6 says: Jun 6, 2017 11:36 PM

    can’t be made up


  5. sdchicken says: Jun 7, 2017 12:17 AM

    Maybe for a title contender…not a rebuild with uncertainty at the quarterback position.

  6. jasons81 says: Jun 7, 2017 12:36 AM

    If he comes out of retirement it won’t be for that dumpster fire

  7. soflosportsfan says: Jun 7, 2017 1:25 AM


  8. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 7, 2017 1:39 AM

    The Jets are a mess right now, who would want to come out of retirement to play for a train wreck?

    They would be better off and probably have more success if they asked Rex to come back. I’m not talking good about Rex Ryan, that’s just how bad the Jets are!

  9. trollaikman8 says: Jun 7, 2017 2:23 AM

    How desperate.
    Was Plaxico busy?

  10. intrafinesse says: Jun 7, 2017 7:39 AM

    Is the Jets GM (Mike Maccagnan) a clown?
    If he wants the team to tank, thats fine, they need a franchise QB.
    So why did he waste money on Josh McCown?
    Better to go with Bryce Petty and save 5 million.

  11. elyasm says: Jun 7, 2017 8:20 AM

    Did they offer him cupcakes? Was there a distinct sound of laughter as they went to hang up the phone?

  12. ontherocks1964 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:29 AM

    If he can’t coming back to play for the Ravens, he sure as heck ain’t coming back to play for the Jets.

  13. guitarkevin says: Jun 7, 2017 8:56 AM


  14. tylawspick6 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:44 AM

    Is there a more mortifying franchise in sports?

  15. junkmtb says: Jun 7, 2017 10:44 AM

    Smitty coming out of a retirement to play for the Jets of all teams is nothing but a joke and hilarious!!!

  16. jgedgar70 says: Jun 8, 2017 2:07 PM

    Smith retired because his body is shot and he wants the flexibility to be around for his kids’ activities. He has that flexibility with NFLN. He sure ain’t giving it up to get triple-covered every play for a 1-15 team. ROTFL!

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